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Old 12-13-2012, 05:26 PM
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"SPs", as they were known to those who served in the bush of Vietnam were treasured. The packs, which came out to us periodically, were rather large cardboard boxes that contained cartons of cigarettes, writing paper, envelopes, and ball point pens. I particularly liked the Chuckles candy, that I have not seen in years. I was the only guy in our small platoon who smoked Lucky Strike, so I got the entire carton. Finally did quit many years ago.

There were other important items in these packs, while not necessarily vital to survival, do provide some comfort and should be considered as valuable to a Prepper's inventory. These items were soap, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors and razor blades. This was before the throwaway razors.

I don't recall shampoo being in the SPs, but this and other toilet items, most especially toilet paper, are likely to be good for bartering also. Dish liquid too. I saw on the Doomsday Prepper show where a guy had a huge inventory of TP.

The Sundry Pack soap was Palmolive Gold which I have not seen in years. The Vietnamese loved the bars of soap but, any I gave them I had to cut in two, or else the soap would wind up on the black market. Soap will definitely be a commodity if SHTF.
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They have it in the Hispanic mkt. we shop in. If we were acquainted OP, I would send you a Christmas gift. But things being as they are a link to buy it is the best I can do. Thank you for your service.
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Palmolive Gold?

That soap has never been off the shelves down this way.
http://www.colgate.com.au/app/Colgat...edient=Default
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The more things change the more they stay the same! Sounds just like care packages I recived in Afghanistan. I used to hand out the candy in them to kids, great for building a good reputation and gathering intel!
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The more things change the more they stay the same! Sounds just like care packages I recived in Afghanistan. I used to hand out the candy in them to kids, great for building a good reputation and gathering intel!
We used to get Care Packages from home. Most popular items were small canned hams, Jiffy Pop, and packs of Wyler's Lemonade.
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toothbrushes for the top end and laxatives (dulcolax) for the bottom end both will be hot barter itmes, aspirin-acetominophen too.
so will saline solution (eyewash and nasal spray)
we (2nd amphib div) looked forwward to the packaged hard cheese and crackers and tins of sardines and spam. these will really plug you up.
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I bought a ton of palmolive gold a while back at walmart in the $0.88 bin, 6 bars for $0.88 so I took what they had (its filled quite a few boxes.) that same bin had tons of aspirin, ibuprofen, anti-diarrhea, laxative, tooth paste, deodorant, enema, etc. so I stocked up on all of that stuff as well)
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...we (2nd amphib div) looked forwward to the packaged hard cheese and crackers and tins of sardines and spam. these will really plug you up.
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you can also still get chuckles candy

http://www.retroplanet.com/PROD/3602...FQhyQgod-SwANw
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you can also still get chuckles candy

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That brings back memories of mobile homes with pumpkin orange thick shag rugs, full length mirrored closet doors and lemon yellow lamp trees.
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Where did the Sundry Packs come from? USO or DOD issue? I wish things weren't so tight; otherwise more people would send more stuff to the guys/gals in Afghanistan.
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Sundry packs (which still exist) are part of the normal military supply channel. Unit Supply NCOs order them from DoD Class VI stocks.
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Right after Gulf I, we were buried in sundry pack cartons and gave away lots of the contents to the many thousands of Kurds we were protecting. Included in the cartons were bags of M&M candy...a natural for passing out to the kids.

After awhile, the kids seemed to roll their eyes when we'd offer the free chocolate...and they'd refuse. Houston...we have a problem. Came to find out that these sundry packs had been sitting on pallets for years and included little plastic bags of laundry powder stuffed into every nook and cranny. Many of those had broken open during transport and the soap powder had permeated everything...including the M&Ms.

Absolutely the worst crap I've ever tasted. Laundry soap chocolate. We tossed every bag of M&Ms after that.

Somewhere today, there's a now grown-up Kurdish kid telling his children: "Let me tell you about Americans...they eat soap!"
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ah yes .. back when men were men and sheep were afraid.....
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That brings back memories of mobile homes with pumpkin orange thick shag rugs, full length mirrored closet doors and lemon yellow lamp trees.
No -- photo plate wood paneling / lava lamps / beanbag chairs / dial phones / have to get up the change the channel / someome bringing milk to your front door / marching to the rifel range with full packs ( arent the kids driven now ) / sneakers in one color / bell bottom pants / Sinclare gas stations / Good Humor and Bunglo Bars / Moon Pies / Schlitz / Speedy Alkaselzer --

Before -- "Dont ask - Dont Tell" -- it was -- "You dont try anything funny - and I couldnt care less what your hobbys are"
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http://www.scribd.com/doc/48048194/1...nd-Supplements offers a description of the sundry pack. Whether or not pens and stationery were added later is another matter. Dla.mil describes their kit which is exclusively a toiletry kit. The soap-tasting sweets are no more.
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http://www.scribd.com/doc/48048194/1...nd-Supplements offers a description of the sundry pack. Whether or not pens and stationery were added later is another matter. Dla.mil describes their kit which is exclusively a toiletry kit. The soap-tasting sweets are no more.
I do recall stationary as being furnished in SPs. Interesting that LRRP rations were included. We sure could have used them when resupply was non existent.
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